‘I wish I’d had this book when I was starting out as a young director... I cannot recommend it highly enough.’ Marianne Elliott, from her Foreword
This dip-in, flick-through, quick-fire resource book in the bestselling Drama Games series offers dozens of ideas and exercises to energise and inspire a bold, creative rehearsal process for any play, of any period or genre.
Aimed at directors of all levels, it covers every aspect of rehearsal, including:
- Warm-up exercises to prepare the body, voice and mind, and to create a strong ensemble
- Ideas for approaching the text, tackling the ‘Story of the Play’
- A wealth of games for unlocking the ‘World of the Play’, including developing characters, finding a physical style, understanding genre and investigating themes
- Suggestions for exploring sound and music, whether for use in the production or simply to encourage a sense of fun in rehearsals
This essential ‘go-to’ book will provide you with a host of original and illuminating games, perfect for the play you’re rehearsing, be it Shakespeare or Greek tragedy, a Restoration comedy, physical theatre, Modern Naturalism – or even a brand new play.
Marianne Elliott, one of the most innovative and exciting directors working anywhere in the world, describes it as a ‘beautiful, and very clearly written book’ which will become her ‘constant companion in future’.
'This book is great for making the rehearsal room as active as it is cerebral; it will become as indispensable as its predecessors… intelligent and well-focused games... not just a manual, it's a good read full of anecdotes and witty asides. From the start we know that we are in the hands of an expert practitioner'
'Should prove invaluable to creative directors, writers and actors wishing to develop an ensemble approach... Swale's ideas provide working methods and creative approaches which will help anyone involved in developing a production, from the budding director to those working with experienced actors in the professional sector'
Jessica Swale is an award-winning director and playwright, working regularly at Shakespeare's Globe, in London's West End, around the UK and abroad, and at drama schools including RADA and LAMDA. Her plays include the widely studied and performed Blue Stockings, and Nell Gwynn, which won her the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.